I have never felt anything unconventional about garment designing, said Muzammil, managing director and chief designer of 'M Fab'. For him, garment business was not a choice but a passion.
Like every fresh business management post graduate, he also got placed well at an MNC in Bengaluru after he completed his studies. But soon he found that clock-bound white collar job was suffocating. "I migrated to Mumbai in hope of starting a garment business,” said Muzammil, who hails from Vadakara in Kozhikode.
The city of Mumbai, however, extended a dispirited welcome to Muzammil. After his search for a stable start off failed, he finally decided to hire a room and begin garment sale with a very limited capital. “I started off from zero. Entering into a 130-year-old industry with no experience is more than getting flabbergasted. After all, what could a fresh management graduate aged 24 probably do in Mumbai, which is the abode of garment industry!” - Muzammil said. “It took time to cope up with business jargons and trade formulas. Quick migration from a corporate environment to the world of responsibilities and trading involved a lot of risks. I purchased garments in bulk in fear of running out of stock but most of them trended out. I faced a tremendous set back. Slowly, I realized garment sale is nothing without designing.”
Sowing a robust seed of M Fab, Muzammil started customizing garments he sold. Ensuring uniqueness in the clothes, both in terms of quality and designs, was the first step he plodded. Mumbai saw every bit of M Fab's growth. Specializing in ladies' clothing, M Fab introduced some series of customized duppattas, scarves, tops and cotton leggings to the market. “Many have asked me why we chose ladies' clothing exclusively to work on. Every woman wants to be unique and different from one another. Here lies the vastness of opportunities for any designer. Woman itself is the most beautiful creation of god. Anything designed for woman will intrinsically carry that divine beauty,” he explained.
Muzammil opened an outlet in Kozhikode and a couple of more in Mumbai. Like other creative artists, Muzammil also didn't get any encouragement from home when he expressed his interest in entering the field of fashion designing. “Convincing family members is a never-ending job. Even if I succeed and prove myself, my parents bring up their initial dislike to my profession every time I face a slowdown in the business,” said Muzammil. However, this youngster took them as opportunities to excel and prove his passion over and over again.
Muzammil looks forward to step into e-commerce now. “I want M Fab to grow beyond geographical boundaries. Internet is one prospective arena for every designer to market skills,” he said. “I know my journey hasn't yet started. I have a long way to go and I hope there's enough fuel left. But one thing I'd say, your life begins from that moment you feel everything is over.”
Six years into the business now, this 30 year old business man inspires many aspiring designers.